Calling all BPOs: The Contact Center Check-List

Posted by Rachel Brink on Aug 21, 2015 8:47:00 AM

Business process outsourcing (BPO), or the contracting of certain tasks and roles to a third-party service provider, is growing exponentially, projected to reach a $209.4B worldwide market value by 2017. Supporting a wide range of industries for a number of different services, BPO for the call center sector is expected to grow tremendously over the next few years as businesses look to outsource their telemarketing and customer support functions to place a greater focus on their core competencies. And as demand for call center outsourcing continues to grow, these BPOs must ensure they have the technology and resources in place to effectively meet the growing needs of their current and potential clients—but many are still running their call centers on outdated, on-premise technology that is limiting their ability to efficiently manage their customer base.

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Topics: call center, cloud computing, bpo

The Growing Shift from IT to a Business Technology Agenda

Posted by Rachel Brink on Jul 16, 2015 10:19:42 AM

As technology becomes more affordable and customer expectations continue to rapidly evolve, there has been a noticeable shift within organizations as it relates to departmental technology spend. A role once assigned to CIOs and IT personnel, a group focused primarily on critical operational requirements, the responsibility of purchasing and maintaining the latest technology has fallen into the lap of those who play a more integral role in the customer experience—“the business”. Who exactly is “the business” comprised of? Middle management, i.e. contact center directors, marketing and sales executives, VPs, and customer service managers, to name a few. Forrester Research Group reports that 70% of technology spending in North American companies of more than 250 employees is either “business” led, or heavily influenced by “business”, a number that has grown significantly in recent years. And 50% of business managers, directors, and vice presidents are increasing their departmental budgets on technology products and services over the next 12 months.

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Topics: SaaS, cloud computing, business technology

Why has customer satisfaction fallen four years in a row for call centers?

Posted by Rachel Brink on May 29, 2015 8:21:30 AM

The rise of the Internet and expansion of communication channels have given today’s consumers far greater power to explore alternative product/service options, putting customer experience at the forefront of purchasing decisions. In fact by 2020, customer experience is expected to overtake price and product as a brand’s competitive differentiator. And according to Dimension Data’s 2015 Global Contact Centre Benchmarking report, which surveyed 901 contact centers across 72 countries, 75% of contact centers recognize service as a competitive differentiator (up 18% over the past two years), and 57% say they can relate improving customer experience levels to revenue and profit growth. But despite the growing effort towards improving customer service to better meet rising consumer expectations, customer satisfaction levels have decreased for the fourth year in a row—which begs the question, where are businesses missing the mark when it comes to their service delivery?

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Topics: customer service, cloud based contact center, cloud call center, customer satisfaction, customer experience, cloud computing

Why "The Cloud"?

Posted by Kristen Braun on Apr 2, 2015 8:47:00 AM

In today’s business world, “the cloud” has become a buzzword used by many to emphasize technological flexibility and mobility, in short the ability to access your data from just about anywhere. While there are those who see the use of the cloud as a way to increase productivity and decrease costs, others view the cloud as a risk when it comes to security.

So what is the cloud? When you upload a document where does it go truly?

Unlike the misty clouds up in the sky, “the cloud” in terms of business is actually nothing more than many computers housed in massive warehouses all over the world: remote servers. Seems simple enough. But what is so buzzworthy about this concept and what are the benefits of using these remote “cloud” servers vs. your own?

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Topics: cloud computing

8 Statistics Highlighting Just How Big Cloud Computing is Becoming

Posted by Rachel Brink on Mar 13, 2015 9:16:00 AM

The increasing popularity and adoption of cloud and cloud-based solutions is no secret. However, the rate of growth and impact may still surprise some. Here are eight quick statistics revealing just how big cloud is today and will likely be tomorrow.

  1. The cloud computing industry has grown 300% from $46B in 2008 to $150B in 2014.
  1. The global cloud computing industry growth rate is currently 5 times higher than the global IT growth rate.
  1. 72% of businesses have adopted cloud. Within 3 years it is forecasted to be 91%.
  1. By year-end 2016, more than 50% of Global 1000 companies will have customer-sensitive data stored in the public cloud.
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Topics: cloud computing

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